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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/20/2017 11:36 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Moraga: Hiker makes grisly discovery near creek

A hiker found what appears to be skeletal human remains Friday in a secluded area near the Moraga and Lafayette border, authorities said.  The remains, which were near a seasonal creek, appear to have been at the location for some time and were found between Rheem Boulevard and South Lucille Lane, police said. The spot is only accessible by foot or by a 4-wheel drive vehicle.


Lamorinda Police, Forensic Teams Investigating Origin Of Human Remains Found On Lafayette/Moraga Border

Lamorinda police and forensic teams are investigating the origin of human skeletal remains found in a secluded area near the Lafayette-Moraga border in Moraga Friday.  Investigators stressed that there was no sign of foul play evident at this time. The sex, age, or period of time the remains may have been in the area was not immediately known, though investigators told NEWS24/680 they did not appear to be prehistoric or Native People’s remains.


Human skeleton found in remote area near Moraga

The hiker found human remains in a secluded area near the Moraga and Lafayette border off of Rheem Boulevard, according to the Moraga Police Department.


Art and Science of Eyewear Reopens within La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

Last September we learned that the eyeglass shop Art and Science of Eyewear would be relocating within La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Itrim used to be and they have now reopened. Check out their website here.


Orinda: Residents, city hammer out deal for sinkhole fix

The city of Orinda has received a necessary green light from homeowners.





Trump's proposed infrastructure cuts prompt @SFBART tweetstorm
San Francisco Chronicle


Caltrans demolishes Big Sur bridge after days of setbacks
San Francisco Chronicle


Transportation leaders: We’ll fight to save Bay Area transit projects from Trump cuts
Mercury News


Monthly gas prices jump 15 cents per gallon in Bay Area
San Francisco Examiner


With Google’s lawsuit, Uber’s buck may stop here
San Francisco Examiner


Behind Booz Allen’s effort to get carmakers to work together against hackers
Washington Post


Volvo taps Monrovia-based AeroVironment to create global electric vehicle charging stations
Los Angeles Daily News


California’s bumpy path to road repairs
Capitol Weekly



Sen. Mike McGuire pushes $3 billion affordable housing bond (Press Democrat)
In a bid to address the short supply of affordable housing and soaring rents across California, legislators, including state Sen. Mike McGuire, are thinking big — $3 billion big. That is the amount of funding in a proposed bond that would go to state voters if it clears the Legislature and gets Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval. The money is sorely needed in Sonoma County, according to affordable housing developers and advocates. McGuire, D-Healdsburg, is co-author of the bill that seeks to raise the funds with a bond measure that could be brought to voters in November 2018. Because it is a tax measure, it would need a two-thirds majority in the Legislature before heading to Brown’s desk. The bill, which comes up for a hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday, is among dozens of housing bills being discussed in the capitol. Another bill to fund affordable housing projects supported by McGuire would impose a $75 fee for paperwork filed with county recorders by individuals and businesses in the event of a sale, transfer or other real estate transaction. The fee would be capped at $225 per parcel. The bill is projected to generate more than $300 million annually.
To create affordable housing, lawmakers eye ending tax breaks for vacation homes (KQED)
Lifelong Californian Lori Thompson is well aware of the state’s dire affordable housing problem. She’s just wondering why she’s the one who has to pay to fix it. After her daughter moved to Reno to escape high rents in the Monterey Peninsula, Thompson and her husband decided last December to purchase a $360,000 cabin in South Lake Tahoe. It will allow them to spend summers where Thompson used to vacation as a child and to be closer to their grandchildren. But now, as the state grapples with nearly 6 million California households struggling to afford housing, legislators are turning to people like the Thompsons as a logical source of revenue — owners of a second home who deduct the interest they pay on it from their state income taxes. AB 71 would eliminate that deduction and channel the gains — at least $220 million annually, according to initial estimates by the state Franchise Tax Board — to a state affordable housing program. Supporters say that would cover the cost of creating 3,000 new units of affordable housing, and it could leverage $600 million to $1 billion in additional federal housing dollars.
Is California's housing market peaking? (Consumer Affairs)
California led the nation's housing recovery, with home prices in Southern California and the Bay Area zooming past their previous housing bubble highs. But now, there are signs suggesting that the market may have peaked, at least in terms of number of sales. In its monthly report, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) says February sales of existing, single-family detached homes fell 4.7% from January, while they were up compared to February 2016 sales -- which were the weakest of the year. CAR President Geoff McIntosh says the Fed's promotion of a rising interest rate environment could affect housing a couple of different ways. But over the long haul, higher interest rates will make California's already expensive homes even more costly. That's already being reflected in what buyers are willing to pay. In February, the median price of an existing, single-family detached California home fell below the $500,000 mark for a second straight month. That doesn't necessarily mean sellers are reducing the price of their homes, but more likely means buyers are increasing their purchase of less expensive homes.


Berkeley needs to become landlord for homeless
San Francisco Chronicle


Planned Bay Point apartment complex not a hit with everyone
East Bay Times


Editorial: Making California housing affordable requires new approach
East Bay Times


Money pouring in to fight rent control in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Press Democrat


Court ruling sets up damages trial as developers battle Napa over park
Napa Valley Register


St. Helena City Council scraps plan to rezone neighborhoods
Napa Valley Register





Winter storms create banner year for hazards in S.F. Bay
Mercury News


Want to Cut Carbon Emissions? Try Growing Cement Bricks With Bacteria





Fearing immigration crackdown, some go into hiding while churches prepare sanctuaries," by KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas: "President Donald Trump's aggressive enforcement of immigration laws has changed the lives of thousands of people in Southern California who, fearing deportation, have slipped deeper into the shadows and now step outside only when they have little choice." Story


"Political Road Map: California has long depended on an illegal-immigration program that Trump wants to kill," by LATimes' John Myers: "For all of the unprecedented elements of President Trump's federal budget plans, there's an item buried in the list of detailed spending cuts that has a familiar, contentious political legacy in California. Trump has proposed canceling federal government subsidies to states that house prisoners and inmates who are in the U.S. illegally. He's not the first president to try it, and undoubtedly will get an earful from states like California." Story


"Sanctuary in the age of Trump: Coming to a church near you," by LA Daily News' Brenda Gazzar: "The Rev. Francisco Garcia Jr. knows how difficult it can be for an immigrant to endure church-offered sanctuary. A decade ago, as a layperson, Garcia supported an undocumented man living in sanctuary at a Lutheran church in North Hollywood. The Guatemalan gardener, who was subject to a deportation order, spent a year confined in the church, mostly isolated from his family. Eventually, he couldn't live that way and returned to his life in the outside world." Story


"San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immigration Agents," by KPBS' Megan Burke and Maureen Cavanaugh: "In response to an inquiry from the San Diego City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his clearest indication yet that the city will not participate in any attempt to deputize local law enforcement officers as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ... In a memo issued to the council on Wednesday, Faulconer said San Diego will maintain its long-standing tradition of police not initiating 'contact for the sole purpose of checking an individual's immigration status.'" Story


"LA's 'sanctuary city' debate broadens as statewide bill takes shape," by Elizabeth Chou in the Press-Telegram: "A proposal by state lawmakers that would declare California a "sanctuary state" has magnified an identity crisis playing out in Los Angeles over what it means to be a sanctuary for immigrants who are in the United States illegally." Story





Costa Mesa must mind its pensions

City Maintenance employees Juan Santos, left, and Bruce Lindeman, right, remove concrete during a recent repair job near Costa Mesa City Hall.


Pension tsunami about to hit San Luis Obispo

There are three warning signs of a tsunami, according to the American Geosciences Institute: severe ground shaking from local earthquakes, water receding from the coast and a roaring sound similar to a train or jet aircraft.


CalPERS disaster affects state taxpayers

The incredibly poor structure and management of California's pension and health care plan for public employees has created an enormous hidden financial disaster.


Editorial: Pension relief must start now

The can called public employee pension debt has been kicked down the road long enough for Ventura County governments.


Port Hueneme prepared for pensions

The Ventura County Star has done a great service to the community with its three-part series on the obligations of cities to pay pensions to workers who put in their time on behalf of the citizens.





"Will California farms find enough workers amid Trump's immigration crackdown?" by SacBee's Ryan Lillis and Jose Luis Villegas: "As the spring picking season approaches, farmworkers are convinced the fields will be raided by federal agents intent on rounding up undocumented immigrants and shipping them back to Mexico or Central America. With many fearing the authorities will also set up checkpoints on the highways, the United Farm Workers union said the labor flow has already been cut in half at some farms." Story


"Next step for Trump resistance: Get organized, fight burnout," by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli: "Even though it is only a few months old, the fledgling resistance to President Trump is realizing it needs to address three big questions: How do we keep people from burning out? With so many new groups addressing the same issues, how do we keep from duplicating our efforts? And perhaps the most daunting: How do we transform all this street energy and anger into some electoral wins in 2018 and beyond?" Story


"Economics, not insults, will win over Trump voters on immigration," by Dan Schnur in SFChronicle: Story


"A California waiter refused to serve 4 Latina women until he saw 'proof of residency,'" by WaPo's Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: Story


"Jerry Brown takes international stage on nuclear danger: 'We all ought to wake up,'" by SacBee's Christopher Cadelago: "Brown earlier this year joined the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit group that works to prevent attacks with weapons of mass destruction. He is holding exhaustive discussions with experts and slowly imparting his knowledge about the abstract yet persistent dangers." Story


"Issues seem so familiar even 30 years later," by SacBee's Dan Morain: "John Van de Kamp would feel right at home today if he were back on the job as California attorney general ... As California's twice-elected attorney general, he battled President Ronald Reagan's Interior Department in the 1980s, suing to block the administration's plan to open more of California's coastal waters to offshore oil drilling. As Washington eased enforcement of civil rights, Van de Kamp's deputies challenged boys' clubs that refused to admit girls and male-only business clubs that blackballed women." Story


"Bill would make abortion pill available at state college campuses," by SFChronicle's Kimberly Veklerov: "The abortion pill would be on hand at virtually every public college in California under legislation introduced Friday in the state Senate. The bill's inception comes amid renewed attempts to slash funding for Planned Parenthood, which would no longer receive Medicaid reimbursements under the Republican-backed American Health Care Act." Story


"Conservative Darrell Issa turns to the left," by OCRegister's Martin Wisckol: "Darrell Issa, who built a reputation in Congress as an imposing conservative attack dog, has got a brand new bag ... The pro-life congressman, who squeaked out reelection to a ninth term by 0.7 percentage points, told constituents at a town hall March 11 that he opposed fellow Republicans' call to defund Planned Parenthood. Despite a lifetime legislative score of just 4 percent from the League of Conservation Voters, Issa also told the crowd that he also opposed any reduction in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. Two days later, the same politician who's said there's no consensus on climate change joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus." Story


"Here's how California ended up with too much solar power," by the PE's David Danelski: Story


"News media falling for President Trump's tricks," by Willie Brown in SFChronicle: Story





Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond in village


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